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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Jerry A. Lewis
Dr. Lewis is entering his 21st year with the White Salmon Valley School District. He has served in a variety of capacities including High School CTE Teacher, Career and Technical Education Director, District Technology Director, District Computer and Networking IT Support, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent. He received his Superintendent’s Certificate from Washington State University and his doctorate in K-12 Teaching and Leadership from Walden University. Jerry was one of 26 superintendents selected nation-wide in 2013 to participate in the first AASA National Superintendent Certification program. He graduated from this two year program on February 26, 2015. This year he has been selected to participate in AASA’s first National Principal Supervisor Academy

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
Students and staff will begin the 2017-2018 school year on August 30, 2017. The district will have a few new staff joining our team this year due to retirements and staff changes. The work of the district continues to be very busy and challenging as we deal with new state legislation and federal educational requirements. The administrative team spent time this summer reviewing student data and we were pleased to see continued improvements in various grade levels. The district will make changes this year that should better support the success of our ELL and SPED students K-12. The state has also provided some increased funding to support the needs of our Highly Capable students.

Each building, and the district, has revised and updated its school improvement plans for the 2017-18 school year, reviewed them with the school board, and received their approval. The district will continue to work on the state required K-12 implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards this year. Our next district curriculum adoption cycle will involve K-12 literacy. This process will involve many stakeholders and will continue throughout the year with final recommendations being presented to the school board for its approval at the end of the school year.

The district administrative team will participate in the 2nd year of the Washington State Leadership Academy (WSLA). The focus of our work involves creating and leading a system that ensures effective instruction for all students, focusing on equity, and resulting in sustained high levels of learning. The district goal for year two of our program involves the creation of a district five-year equity plan. We are dedicated to unlocking what each student needs to be successful.

The complexity of our work continues to increase, but we have a talented district staff that is committed to working together with our parents and community to provide the best education we can for each of our students. I am so grateful to be part of this very important work on behalf of our children.

Dr. Jerry Lewis